The fourth edition of Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth's 100 Greatest
U.S. Coins from Whitman Publishing will be available Oct. 25.
The 10-inch by 12-inch, 144-page, illustrated, hardcover reference
book retails for $29.95. The book will be available from Whitman and
from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide. Before Oct. 25, the book
can be pre-ordered from those retailers.
After publication, the book will be available for loan, free, from
the Dwight N. Manley Numismatic Library in Colorado Springs, Colo., as
a benefit of membership in the American Numismatic Association.
The introduction of the fourth edition has been expanded with more
full-color illustrations and text describing the history of United
States coinage, ways to collect U.S. coins, grading standards,
determining values, and other facets of the hobby.
The 100 greatest U.S. coins were voted on and ranked by members of
the Professional Numismatists Guild. In the fourth edition, the
celebrated 1804 Draped Bust silver dollar rose to the No. 1 spot (up
from No. 5, and displacing the 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent coin at the
top of the rankings).
The unique 1851 Seated Liberty dollar struck over a New Orleans
dollar dropped entirely from the list, and the 1974 aluminum Lincoln
cent made its debut, at No. 88.
The new edition also includes illustrated biographies of the “Great
Collectors of the Past,” from Harry Bass to William Woodin; a price
history of the 100 greatest coins from 1960 to date; a chart of the
top 200 U.S. coin prices realized at auction from 1990 to 2014; a
breakdown of the 100 greatest coins by denomination and coin type; a
glossary; a bibliography for further research; and a detailed index.
The book is illustrated in full color, with photographs and stories
for every coin. The book also includes historical photographs, market
values, field populations, certified-coin census reports, quantities
minted, specifications, and coin design notes.
In the foreword, Mark Salzberg, chairman of Numismatic Guaranty
Corporation, notes that even though the 100 greatest U.S. coins are
valuable, they’re undervalued in the broader context of rare collectibles.
“The 250 highest prices paid for U.S. coins at auction total just
less than $250 million in value,” Salzberg writes. “In context, that
is a bit less than the sales price of the most valuable painting ever
sold, Paul Cezanne’s The Card Players.”
Kenneth Bressett, longtime senior editor of the Guide Book of
United States Coins, writes, “Not all of the 100 Greatest U.S.
Coins are unique specimens confined to one collection. A lucky
numismatist could potentially find a 1955 Doubled Die Obverse Lincoln
cent in their pocket.”